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Tylenol may be responsible for liver damage

In a products liability lawsuit filed here in Pennsylvania, individuals claim to have suffered liver damage as the result of taking Tylenol. The plaintiffs in this matter assert that the manufacturer of the Tylenol in question, McNeil PPC, Inc., McNeil Consumer Healthcare and Johnson & Johnson, concealed information regarding liver toxicity risks and the potential for liver failure.

A number of these cases have already been filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. There have also been a number of other cases filed in federal courts throughout the country. It is believed that it is for this reason that attorneys for plaintiffs are attempting to set up multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Pennsylvania in an effort to consolidate these claims in an effort to handle the variety of matters.

Whether these cases can be consolidated in this manner depends upon questions of commonality between the various claims. Though cases are often similar to each other, there are seldom two cases that are precisely alike. Generally, damages or injuries can vary, and what would be an appropriate award for one injured party may not be beneficial for another party.

For example, some injuries may be of a temporary nature while others are permanent. One plaintiff may suffer temporary injuries while another is out of work for a number of years. In still other cases, an individual's life may be dramatically shortened due to defects in a particular product.

Anytime one is injured, it's advisable to speak to a personal injury attorney that understands all the various facets of personal injury law. Without knowing one's individual circumstances, it's impossible to say if consolidation of claims would be the correct option.

Source: The Pennsylvania Record, "Plaintiffs' lawyers seek creation of Tylenol products liability MDL in Phila. federal court," by Jon Campisi, Jan. 25, 2013

  • Our Pittsburgh lawyers' website has a number of patients regarding defective products, defective drugs, dangerous automobiles, etc.

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